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Ananda Lima, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach and Artress Bethany White

Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019). Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review,Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopkins Review, Pleiades, Solstice, Poet Lore, Ecotone, and The Account. Her collection of essays, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity is forthcoming from New Rivers Press/Minnesota State University in March 2020. White has received the Mary Hambidge Distinguished Fellowship from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts for her nonfiction, The Mona Van Duyn Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and writing residencies at The Writer’s Hotel and the Tupelo Press/MASS MoCA studios. She is visiting professor of American cultural studies at Albright College and poetry faculty for the Rosemont College 2019 Summer Writers' Retreat in Pennsylvania.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach (www.juliakolchinskydasbach.com) emigrated from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Many Names for Mother, winner the Wick Poetry Prize (Kent State University Press, 2019) and The Bear Who Ate the Stars (Split Lip Press, 2014). Her poems appear in POETRY, American Poetry Review, The Nation, and TriQuarterly. Her work has been selected for Best New Poets, the Williams Carlos Williams University Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and New South’s Poetry Prize. Julia is the editor of Construction Magazine (www.constructionlitmag.com) and when not busy keeping up with her two kids, she writes a blog about motherhood (https://otherwomendonttellyou.wordpress.com/).

Ananda Lima’s work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poets.org, The Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, The Common, Rattle, Jubilat and elsewhere. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA in Fiction from Rutgers University, Newark. In 2019, she served as the poetry judge for the AWP Kurt Brown Prize and was a mentor in the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Program. Her chapbook, Translation (Paper Nautilus, 2019), won the 2018 Vella Chapbook Contest.